I’ve been going through the vaults of my postcard collection to find the best specimens to put on display here. I still have many more to go through, such as the vast holdings I have from Ontario, Florida (the second Ontario), and the United Kingdom.
But I feel confident in saying that the specimen below is like nothing I have ever seen before (or hope to see again). It is the strangest postcard I possess.
Behold this bizarre, startling, and glorious oddity:
The creature depicted is the remains of a merman. Normally on display at Banff, Alberta’s Indian Trading Post, it seems that the merman snuck out one day from his glass display case for a photoshoot in Banff’s beautiful alpine scenery.
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“Just a little something to make you think why as opposed to what in this instance. Even stranger is why it’s on display in a store, nestled amongst the sweatshirts. Bet there’s nothing like this in Krakow!!”
I was so transfixed with this hideous, awesome creature that when my wife and I went to Banff to renew our wedding vows for our tenth anniversary, I was compelled to seek out the merman. For some reason, the creature is not given the prominence it deserves, instead it is hard to find, buried behind stacks of sweatshirts. But finding such an one-in-a-lifetime site is well worth the journey. (The scenery in Banff is also nice.)
There’s lots of information on the web about the Banff merman, including an article in the Calgary Herald.
Mysteries of the universe are revealed through postcard collecting!